About Ghent University

Ghent University is a top 100 university and one of the major universities in Belgium. Our 11 faculties offer a wide range of courses and conduct in-depth research within a wide range of scientific domains. We are also the first European university in the Songdo Global University Campus in South Korea.

About the faculty

The Faculty of Engineering and Architecture is one of the largest faculties of Ghent University. It combines state-of-the-art research with a top-notch education in all significant engineering and architecture fields. The faculty strongly focusses on international relations. It offers a wide array of master's programs taught in English and is active in all major exchange programs. Through research collaboration and educational links with top European institutions, the faculty strives to further enhance its international perspective.

Research

Research topics

Academic education cannot exist without scientific research, especially at the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture. Research topics at this faculty are both numerous and various. They encompass the complete scope from fundamental long-term research to bilateral research in close cooperation with the industry. An important part of the research happens on an international level: international projects or cooperation with universities or companies abroad.

Research institutes and knowledge centers

The faculty's research and academic staff participate in numerous research institutes and knowledge centers.

Research in numbers

  • 12 departments;
  • More than 50 research teams;
  • In all about 950 researchers;
  • 165 full-time and 60 part-time professors;
  • About 250 supporting members of staff (administration and technical staff);
  • More than 100 Doctoral Degrees per year;
  • More than 700 international publications per year.

Research symposium

Since 2000 the faculty organizes a yearly Research symposium where future Doctors of Engineering propose their research activities. On the one hand, the symposium forms a forum where researchers can get in touch with each other, on the other hand, it gives outsiders and students a clear picture of the wide variety of research done at the faculty.

Financial resources

The wide variety of research activities at the faculty is possible thanks to an equally wide variety of financial resources.

The most important financial resources are:

  • Doctoral scholarships;
  • Projects aimed at fundamental long-term research;
  • Projects on an industrial or social level, often in cooperation with companies, institutions for higher education, universities;
  • Bilateral projects with companies;
  • Projects on an international level;
  • International research mobility (Marie Curie program).

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Programs taught in:
English

This school also offers:


Ghent University - Faculty of Engineering and Architecture

The EMSP is a challenging & multidisciplinary engineering master at a top-100 university in the heart of Europe which covers all aspects of optics & photonics an ... [+]

The European MSc. in Photonics is an English taught interuniversity programme of two years (*) which leads to a joint degree from Ghent University and Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Our programme is highly rated by alumni and industry alike, and is embedded in an excellent research environment. Tuition fees are moderate and opportunities for extra funding exist. We strive to provide a welcoming environment for everybody and also support alumni in their career. Both Ghent and Brussels have a vibrant cultural and social life and are conveniently located at the heart of Europe.

(*) 120 ECTS, but fast-track options exist for students with a 4-year bachelor with extensive photonics knowledge... [-]

Belgium Ghent
September 2019
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Ghent University - Faculty of Engineering and Architecture

The European Master in Nuclear Fusion Science and Engineering Physics (FUSION-EP) programme builds, with its wide network of universities and institutes, upon excellent c ... [+]

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The European Master in Nuclear Fusion Science and Engineering Physics (FUSION-EP) programme builds, with its wide network of universities and institutes, upon excellent competencies in the area of high-level multinational research-oriented education in fusion-related engineering physics. The programme operates in close relation to the research activities of the partners, and with a well-integrated language and cultural experience. The studies in Engineering Physics are devoted to the technical applications of physics and strongly supported by the research activities in the different laboratories within the Consortium. By combining the basic concepts of a degree in engineering with the essentials of education as an engineering physicist, these studies seek to train engineers capable of performing or leading technical and scientific research in universities, research establishments or industry.... [-]

Belgium Ghent
September 2019
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Ghent University - Faculty of Engineering and Architecture

The Master of Science is an ideal specialization programme for holders of a bachelor’s or master’s degree in (electro-)mechanical or civil engineering. There is a strong ... [+]

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The Master of Science is an ideal specialization programme for holders of a bachelor’s or master’s degree in (electro-)mechanical or civil engineering. There is a strong European tendency to move from prescriptive towards performance-based fire safety designs. This goes hand in hand with a strong need for advanced knowledge in the multidisciplinary field of Fire Safety Engineering (FSE).

The students will be well prepared for professional activities within this evolving field of FSE, as they will obtain a broad high-level knowledge as a benefit from the joint expertise of three partners with a leading role in FSE research and education in Europe. The IMFSE students will learn how to:... [-]

Belgium Ghent
September 2019
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Ghent University - Faculty of Engineering and Architecture

The Master of Science in Chemical Engineering offers engineers a comprehensive training to master the fundamental chemical engineering principles. A master in chemical en ... [+]

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The Master of Science in Chemical Engineering offers engineers a comprehensive training to master the fundamental chemical engineering principles. A master in chemical engineering has to ensure the design, construction, improvement and maintenance of installations and equipment in the chemical industry.

As a graduate you are skilled to innovate, to manage an entire installation as well as to maintain a detailed insight in the performance of its individual parts and their interaction. This requires a combination of abstract reasoning and common sense, aiming at a practical implementation. Of course, you will also be trained to be involved in and lead research and development.... [-]

Belgium Ghent
September 2019
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Ghent University - Faculty of Engineering and Architecture

The master's program in Civil Engineering is focused on the study and design of buildings and structures (roads, bridges, hydraulic structures, high-rise and industrial b ... [+]

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The master's program in Civil Engineering is focused on the study and design of buildings and structures (roads, bridges, hydraulic structures, high-rise and industrial buildings) and aims for the formation of civil engineers who can perform at a high level in an international industrial and social environment. The program concentrates on the thorough development of the conception and design capability, with the added objective of a job in research and development.

Thus lies in the core curriculum of training a pronounced emphasis on the computational aspects of buildings and infrastructure. By means of elective courses, students can select additional aspects of the field corresponding to the personal aptitude and interests. These elective courses also aim to broaden the training program.... [-]

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Ghent University - Faculty of Engineering and Architecture

The Master of Science in Computer Science Engineering trains engineers to creatively and professionally apply information technology in socially and economically relevant ... [+]

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The Master of Science in Computer Science Engineering trains engineers to creatively and professionally apply information technology in socially and economically relevant applications. These applications range from apps for mobile devices to embedded systems and scientific computing for supercomputers.

A computer science engineering graduate has a broad basic knowledge and has the creative skills to conceive, design, build, and exploit information processing systems.

This knowledge entails both hardware and software. Computer science engineers use specific models, methods, and techniques that allow them to control the complexity of modern applications. They will take into account the requirements of the customer, the economic reality, safety requirements, ergonomics, etc. ... [-]

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September 2019
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Ghent University - Faculty of Engineering and Architecture

The Master of Science in Electrical Engineering offers in-depth training in the domains of electrical and electronics engineering and students can choose a focus on eithe ... [+]

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The Master of Science in Electrical Engineering offers in-depth training in the domains of electrical and electronics engineering and students can choose a focus on either Electronic Circuits and Systems (ECS) or Communication and Information Technologies (CIT).

The main focus is on analyzing, designing, fabrication and testing of smart devices and the internet-of-things. An electrical engineer shapes the strong evolution towards an environment where everything is ‘smart’ and where all these smart devices are connected and exchange information. Examples are smart cities, smart mobility, smart health care, smart grids, smart buildings, wearable electronics, robotics, sensor systems, devices improving safety and security, etc. The Master of Science in Electrical Engineering is the only course that covers the hardware aspects of all these smart devices. The program concentrates on analog and digital systems and communication networks, covering both hardware and software aspects but with a clear focus on electronic components and design at the circuit and system level. Both on an individual basis and as part of a team, masters of electrical engineering are capable of efficiently and methodically developing complex electronic (communications) systems for a broad field of applications, starting from the conception and analysis over the design, implementation, testing and up to the management of such systems. Our designs are based on a firm theoretical foundation and technological knowledge and are conceived by making appropriate use of state-of-the-art computer-aided design tools. Given the acquired research attitudes and competencies, masters of electrical engineering are able to support creative or... [-]

Belgium Ghent
September 2019
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Ghent University - Faculty of Engineering and Architecture

The Master of Science in Electrical Engineering offers in-depth training in the domains of electrical and electronics engineering and students can choose a focus on eithe ... [+]

Course content

The Master of Science in Electrical Engineering offers in-depth training in the domains of electrical and electronics engineering and students can choose a focus on either Electronic Circuits and Systems (ECS) or Communication and Information Technologies (CIT).

The main focus is on analyzing, designing, fabrication and testing of smart devices and the internet-of-things. An electrical engineer shapes the strong evolution towards an environment where everything is ‘smart’ and where all these smart devices are connected and exchange information. Examples are smart cities, smart mobility, smart health care, smart grids, smart buildings, wearable electronics, robotics, sensor systems, devices improving safety and security, etc. The Master of Science in Electrical Engineering is the only course that covers the hardware aspects of all these smart devices. The program concentrates on analog and digital systems and communication networks, covering both hardware and software aspects but with a clear focus on electronic components and design at the circuit and system level. Both on an individual basis and as part of a team, masters of electrical engineering are capable of efficiently and methodically developing complex electronic (communications) systems for a broad field of applications, starting from the conception and analysis over the design, implementation, testing and up to the management of such systems. Our designs are based on a firm theoretical foundation and technological knowledge and are conceived by making appropriate use of state-of-the-art computer-aided design tools. Given the acquired research attitudes and competencies, masters of electrical engineering are able to support creative or... [-]

Belgium Ghent
September 2019
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2 years
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Ghent University - Faculty of Engineering and Architecture

Electromechanical engineering is a collection of engineering disciplines around the themes motion, force and energy. The world of electromechanical engineering encompasse ... [+]

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Electromechanical engineering is a collection of engineering disciplines around the themes motion, force and energy. The world of electromechanical engineering encompasses development, design, manufacturing, testing and control of tools, machines, vehicles and other electrical or mechanical systems, as well as research on these topics.

The Master of Science in Electromechanical Engineering is a two-year degree program intended to prepare students for a future technical leadership role in the industry. The program offers in-depth training in all aspects of electromechanical engineering and its economic and social implications based on a profound scientific basis. Graduates will have acquired an attitude of scientific synthesis, analytical reasoning as well as scientific and technical independence. Training in research skills provides mastery in developing, implementing and monitoring technical and scientific innovations.... [-]

Belgium Ghent
September 2019
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Ghent University - Faculty of Engineering and Architecture

Electromechanical engineering is a collection of engineering disciplines around the themes motion, force and energy. The world of electromechanical engineering encompasse ... [+]

Course content

Electromechanical engineering is a collection of engineering disciplines around the themes motion, force and energy. The world of electromechanical engineering encompasses development, design, manufacturing, testing and control of tools, machines, vehicles and other electrical or mechanical systems, as well as research on these topics.

The Master of Science in Electromechanical Engineering is a two-year degree program intended to prepare students for a future technical leadership role in the industry. The program offers in-depth training in all aspects of electromechanical engineering and its economic and social implications based on a profound scientific basis. Graduates will have acquired an attitude of scientific synthesis, analytical reasoning as well as scientific and technical independence. Training in research skills provides mastery in developing, implementing and monitoring technical and scientific innovations.... [-]

Belgium Ghent
September 2019
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Ghent University - Faculty of Engineering and Architecture

Electromechanical engineering is a collection of engineering disciplines around the themes motion, force and energy. The world of electromechanical engineering encompasse ... [+]

Course content

Electromechanical engineering is a collection of engineering disciplines around the themes motion, force and energy. The world of electromechanical engineering encompasses development, design, manufacturing, testing and control of tools, machines, vehicles and other electrical or mechanical systems, as well as research on these topics.

The Master of Science in Electromechanical Engineering is a two-year degree program intended to prepare students for a future technical leadership role in the industry. The program offers in-depth training in all aspects of electromechanical engineering and its economic and social implications based on a profound scientific basis. Graduates will have acquired an attitude of scientific synthesis, analytical reasoning as well as scientific and technical independence. Training in research skills provides mastery in developing, implementing and monitoring technical and scientific innovations.... [-]

Belgium Ghent
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
Ghent University - Faculty of Engineering and Architecture

Electromechanical engineering is a collection of engineering disciplines around the themes motion, force and energy. The world of electromechanical engineering encompasse ... [+]

Course content

Electromechanical engineering is a collection of engineering disciplines around the themes motion, force and energy. The world of electromechanical engineering encompasses development, design, manufacturing, testing and control of tools, machines, vehicles and other electrical or mechanical systems, as well as research on these topics.

The Master of Science in Electromechanical Engineering is a two-year degree program intended to prepare students for a future technical leadership role in the industry. The program offers in-depth training in all aspects of electromechanical engineering and its economic and social implications based on a profound scientific basis. Graduates will have acquired an attitude of scientific synthesis, analytical reasoning as well as scientific and technical independence. Training in research skills provides mastery in developing, implementing and monitoring technical and scientific innovations.... [-]

Belgium Ghent
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
Ghent University - Faculty of Engineering and Architecture

Electromechanical engineering is a collection of engineering disciplines around the themes motion, force and energy. The world of electromechanical engineering encompasse ... [+]

Course content

Electromechanical engineering is a collection of engineering disciplines around the themes motion, force and energy. The world of electromechanical engineering encompasses development, design, manufacturing, testing and control of tools, machines, vehicles and other electrical or mechanical systems, as well as research on these topics.

The Master of Science in Electromechanical Engineering is a two-year degree program intended to prepare students for a future technical leadership role in the industry. The program offers in-depth training in all aspects of electromechanical engineering and its economic and social implications based on a profound scientific basis. Graduates will have acquired an attitude of scientific synthesis, analytical reasoning as well as scientific and technical independence. Training in research skills provides mastery in developing, implementing and monitoring technical and scientific innovations.... [-]

Belgium Ghent
September 2019
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2 years
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Ghent University - Faculty of Engineering and Architecture

Ghent University is the only university in Flanders to offer a Master of Science in Engineering Physics. Alumni of this master has solid physical know-how and the necessa ... [+]

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Ghent University is the only university in Flanders to offer a Master of Science in Engineering Physics. Alumni of this master has solid physical know-how and the necessary skills to have a leading role in groundbreaking physics research. At the same time, they have the engineering skills that make them wanted as innovators and developers in the industry, research institutes, and universities. The engineering component of the master’s program develops skills such as analysis, design and optimization of existing and new systems, products, machines, and materials. This involves approximating physical reality by system descriptions ranging from simple rules of thumb to expert systems. The physical component follows a reductionist approach where experiment and mathematical modeling aim at understanding and reducing physics to its basics, and deriving its governing equations. Despite the more philosophical approach, a rigorous attitude remains essential and all physical theory has to withstand experimental validation.... [-]

Belgium Ghent
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
Ghent University - Faculty of Engineering and Architecture

The Master of Science is an ideal specialization programme for holders of a bachelor’s or master’s degree in (electro-)mechanical or civil engineering. There is a strong ... [+]

Course content

The Master of Science is an ideal specialization programme for holders of a bachelor’s or master’s degree in (electro-)mechanical or civil engineering. There is a strong European tendency to move from prescriptive towards performance-based fire safety designs. This goes hand in hand with a strong need for advanced knowledge in the multidisciplinary field of Fire Safety Engineering (FSE). Master students will be well prepared for professional activities within this evolving field of FSE.

Course structure

The MFSE program consists of 4 semesters of 30 credits each.

The MFSE program consists of 4 semesters of 30 credits each. In semester 1, basic FSE topics are taught, covering basic knowledge on thermodynamics, heat transfer, structural engineering, fire dynamics and fire science in general (at master level). There is also room for broadening courses, such as entrepreneurship. The advanced FSE courses are taught in semester 2 and 3. The broad domain of FSE is covered in the built environment and industry, including risk assessment and human behaviour. Semester 4 is mainly devoted to the master’s dissertation, which can be completed in collaboration with industry.... [-]

Belgium Ghent
August 2019
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2 years
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Ghent University - Faculty of Engineering and Architecture

The master’s program combines the disciplines of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research into a single study program. Industrial Engineering (IE) is an engineering ... [+]

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The master’s program combines the disciplines of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research into a single study program. Industrial Engineering (IE) is an engineering domain that deals with analyzing, designing and optimizing complex operational systems, with the aim of improving their effectiveness and efficiency, and thus increasing their productivity. A unique feature of IE that distinguishes it from other engineering disciplines, is the explicit consideration of the human element as an essential and determining factor of these operational systems. For designing operational systems, an IE engineer often relies on mathematical models, both deterministic and stochastic nature, that are then subjected to simulation and optimization techniques. The whole of these mathematical tools is known under the term Operations Research (OR). They comprise mathematical programming, simulation, search algorithms and heuristics, dynamic programming, queueing theory, decision techniques, statistics, stochastic modeling, network analysis, etc. Since many years, the combination of both disciplines forms a crucial engineering domain for companies worldwide. This engineering profile is highly wanted in companies because of the positive impact it has on their operational and organizational structures. Internationally, it is one of the largest engineering domains that effectively prepares students for taking up leading roles and management responsibility by thoroughly training them in the organizational and technical principles of systems in manufacturing and service industries.... [-]

Belgium Ghent
September 2019
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2 years
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Ghent University - Faculty of Engineering and Architecture

The Belgian Master of Nuclear Engineering program is embedded in the European ENEN association, a non-profit internationa­l organization of universities and research cent ... [+]

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Probably the most familiar nuclear engineering application is the production of electricity by means of nuclear power. Over 30% of electricity in the EU and roughly 55% in Belgium is provided by nuclear power. Moreover, at a small absolute but high relative scale, Belgium developed on its territory almost all kinds of nuclear activities: power plants, fuel production, radioelement production, engineering companies, accelerator design and fabrication, waste management, safety management, nuclear medicine, research and higher education.

BNEN, the Belgian Nuclear higher Education Network organizes a one-year (60 credits) advanced master program in nuclear engineering. BNEN is organized through a consortium of six Belgian universities and the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre, SCK•CEN. ... [-]

Belgium Ghent
September 2019
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1 year
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Ghent University - Faculty of Engineering and Architecture

The program Master of Science in Materials Engineering: sustainable materials aims at the study of properties, production or extraction, processing, use and recycling of ... [+]

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The program Master of Science in Materials Engineering: sustainable materials aims at the study of properties, production or extraction, processing, use and recycling of a whole range of materials. This implies:

description and modeling of properties of a material chemical, mechanical and thermal processing aspects in materials engineering influence of the chemical composition and processing conditions on the structure and properties of materials in view of optimal performance the behavior of materials in different user circumstances and how degradation can be limited.

Dealing with limited resource availability worldwide in a sustainable way is an important objective of the course. Important materials dealt with are metals, synthetic materials, textiles, composites and ceramics. In order to specialize in specific types of materials, students can choose between two majors.... [-]

Belgium Ghent
September 2019
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2 years
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Ghent University - Faculty of Engineering and Architecture

The Master in Textile Engineering is a two-year master’s programme in the field of textile engineering. The programme was developed in the framework of and with the full ... [+]

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The Master in Textile Engineering is a two-year master’s programme in the field of textile engineering. The programme was developed in the framework of and with full support of the Erasmus programme of the European Union. It was and still is a unique programme offering advanced education in Textile Engineering in which the latest developments in the textile field, as well as contemporary teaching methods, are incorporated. The most renowned specialists in the multidisciplinary domain of textiles in Europe and beyond are brought together. The programme benefits from significant industry participation. Graduates have acquired knowledge, skills, and attitudes that ensure their impact on technological innovation, creativity, quality and management in the industry as well as in academia.... [-]

Belgium Ghent
September 2019
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